With a bounce back win yesterday, the Nucks and most of NM were in a better mood. Sure, it was a bounce a game late, but it was a good game for pretty much all the team. And most of NM.
Today’s afternoon delight was another good road effort - for most of the game the Nucks looked like the fresher team.
The fresher effort was rewarded with a win over the stingy Wild. How stingy? Boudreau restricted his team to just 3 shots in the first. That’s the kind of tough coaching we can appreciate.
Oh dang! I’ve given away the high point of the 1st. Oh well... let’s check out the low.
First, as you may have seen or heard, the Wild only had 3 shots on Marky in the period. Game thread was hoping his drink bottle was filled with wet coast ice latte juice.
A possible reason for the lack of Wild shots, might have been the 3 Vancouver power plays. However, we need to be content the Nucks weren’t scored on during the 3 power plays.
And happy the Nucks out shot Minni 9-3 while keeping the game scoreless. That’s the pretty good for a Sunday afternoon.
Even the Nucks tweetlers were grasping for stuff...
The 2nd started like the 1st ended, so we were all on the edges of our sleep deprivation therapies.
Some in the game thread who had already nodded off were dreaming of a Marky SO won in OT. That’s so last month.
Instead, the Nucks get their 3rd power play of the period and 6th of the game. The Nucks power play, formerly rated top 5 in the league had a 0h for 17 streak on the line.
A line that would be stepped on and broken by an All-Star deflection from an All-Star shot.
The mighty formerly top 5 Nucks power play is on the board, going 1 for 18. That’s almost 1% effective. Could sell that beer to kids and no one would notice.
The Nucks have the 1st goal. And the insurmountable 1 goal lead.
That is surmounted a few minutes later by Foligno pushing the puck and Marky into the net. It was a low point for Marky and the game thread. I know I said it was the 1st period, but I say a lot of things. One of them might ring true some day.
Game is tied 1-1.
For 12 seconds.
While the skeleton crowd in the Minni rink was giddy with the Wild (shoving) goal announcement, Bo was busy making Dooby’s afternoon miserable.
Awkward timing for the home fans, busy cheering their own goal, sounds like they’re cheering for Bo’s goal.
The freshly insurmountable 1 goal lead is restored and the game thread is cheering like locals.
Bo !!! Bo knows !!!
Every since “someone” criticised Bo that he cant score at home…. he’s been in beast mode
A minute and change later the insurmountable lead is doubled on clever pass from Millsie to Stech.
It’s 3-1 Nucks. 4 goals in 4 minutes. That’s exciting! Maybe the NHL could make it a 100 game season with a single 10 minute period. Big time saver for everyone.
The Wild get out shot, again, despite Bruce tripling the Wild quota - it’s Nucks 14-9. And much better with the untieable 2 goal lead going into the 3rd.
Since 2 of our All-Stars have showed their stuff, seemed like this period would be good for our remaining All-Star to show his.
Perhaps because they were playing from behind and wanted to come back for the locals not hypnotised by F-ball on their phones. Or the Boudreauean limit was erased on the locker room strategy board.
Whatever the reason, the Wild are trying to make a game of it. The Nucks are playing their rope-a-dope D-zone game. Which today was a nice game of give and stay.
Marky is stopping pucks like Westy likes to stop rum spills. Not a drop wasted.
Finally in the last 3 minutes Bruce pulls Dooby to complete the exhaustion of his tired forwards.
Forwards so tired and frustrated they let Bo ice the puck - into the empty net.
I know, Loui is our EN specialist, but Bo knows to roll with it.
How frustrated were the Wild in this game? Took 8 penalties. Nucks made them pay that one time.
The Nucks took a more reasonable 5 and didn’t give up any oddlings.
Not only is this the 2nd consecutive win since the [redaction] periods, it’s the 2nd game in a row the Nucks have hung, clung and rung out a lead to win in regulation.
Sure, it may not be a big deal to keep the lead until the full 60 is over, but it sure was in November.
The 2 Johns wearing chilli dogs and other winter wear, recount this winter
night afternoon tale for us.
PLAYER STATS (Pete Competes)
|#||Forwards||GP||G||A||P||P||+/-||S||PIM||PIM||SOG||HITS||BLKS||GVA||TKA||FO%||TOI||PP TOI||SH TOI||PP||GW|
|#||Defense||GP||G||A||P||P||+/-||S||PIM||PIM||SOG||HITS||BLKS||GVA||TKA||FO%||TOI||PP TOI||SH TOI||PP||GW|
GAME STATS (sweet B-2-B Road Win style)
Pete was given the first star by the locals, but the game thread gave Marky the 1+ star.
I’ve changed my opinion....Goalies are the most important players in the nhl... it’s not even close — ‘82
Another road win, another presser for Capt’n Bo.
The icy road Green Room didn’t have indoor heating, but Trav was heard to say:
“The thing I like about our group is it’s a group you can be very honest with. They take criticism. You don’t have to necessarily yell it through to them. They can take criticism and take it to heart and come back and give honest efforts, which is what you really want from your team.”
Millsie was returning the Green critique.
“That’s where the leadership is very helpful on this team. The coaches and leadership are constantly saying when it’s not going well, ‘keep it simple, move the pucks north and be direct. If you don’t have the puck, make them go 200 feet. Don’t give them the offence.’ It’s more fun when we’re playing the right way.”
The 4 points in the standings recovers the 4 points [redacted] on this trip. Which means the Nucks have a chance on Tuesday to gain more space on the Jets. It’s a later afternoon game in Winterpeg. With the snow falling on the wet coast, the scene is set for the best January in far too long. Enjoy the ride, even with the the bumpy parts.